There's always something new to discover at FortWhyte Alive.
FortWhyte Alive's first-ever summer camp for grown-ups was a hit! 600 campers spent the evening outdoors, indulging their inner adolescent with typical camp activities like archery, crafts, sailing, and canoeing. Thanks to our sponsors, volunteers, facilitators and participants, The Great Escape raised $10,000 in support of environmental education programs at FortWhyte Alive. Thank you to all those involved for making this inaugural fundraiser a success, and for supporting environmental education programs at FortWhyte Alive!
This past week, FortWhyte Alive volunteers, staff and community supporters gathered once again for the 21st Annual Sam Golf Fabro Classic. Participants were treated to a gorgeous summer day at the Pine Ridge Golf Club and played a friendly round in support of environmental education programs for youth at FortWhyte Alive. Congratulations to Richard Bolton, John Conklin, Jeff Hammerback, and Michael Merner for taking first place. FortWhyte Alive would like to extend thanks to all of our sponsors and participants for making the 21st Annual Sam Fabro Classic a success, and a special thanks to Sam Fabro himself, a long-time supporter of FortWhyte Alive and founder of the annual charitable golf tournament.
We are so thrilled to have electro-pop duo ATLAAS on board to play The Great Escape, Winnipeg's first-ever summer camp for grown-ups. We caught up with ATLAAS's Ricardo Lopez-Aguilar to pick his brain about all things music, summer (and swimming).
RL-A: It's the way I express myself best in an artistic form. It brings me joy to share those expressions with people and satisfaction when someone can connect with it. Heather and I work really well together, and having someone around that understands that expression is really special and rare. Playing music with and for people feels right to me - nothing else comes close to that.
RL-A: Outdoor shows are standout the most for me. That's why we're looking forward to The Great Escape. I have this image in my brain of playing out looking at the lake and being able to see people on kayaks and in canoes while the sun is going down. And there are deer and bison just laying about. And birds flying in the air and landing on my guitar while I'm playing. I won't even care if it poops on me.
RL-A: There are so many. It depends what I'm in the mood for and that can range from being alone in my home to being outdoors in some remote location with friends. This weekend though, I'd like to travel to a northern national park and swim in lakes all weekend.
RL-A: Being a person that has a net positive contribution to my community by challenging my words and thoughts about the world I live in. More specifically, I want to be able to control the rage I feel when I hear something discriminatory so that I can challenge it calmly. Mostly, I just want to yell.
RL-A: I can't remember going there when I was younger because I have an awful memory, but I'm sure I had a great time. I recently went with a school I work with and we kayaked and walked around and it was really peaceful. I love listening to the birds in the space. Birds are a really big deal in my life right now.
Last week, our pigs turned one-year-old! Staff, interns and volunteers celebrated at FortWhyte Farms with a super special swine birthday party, and looked on as our guests of honour devoured birthday cakes comprised of compost, whipped cream and sprinkles. Happy birthday pigs!
Tickets for FortWhyte Farms' second annual Harvest Supper are now on sale. Please visit fortwhytefarms.com to purchase your tickets for the outdoor harvest feast in support of youth programming at FortWhyte Farms. Here are a few shots from last year's supper to remind you of warm autumn days. We hope to see you there!